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Liverpool ONE counts down to festive extravaganza

Liverpool ONE will celebrate Christmas in just one month, aerial performances, singing elves, local talent, and magical pop-up pantomimes will take centre stage, it has been announced.

Liverpool ONE Christmas LIVE!, which takes place on Friday, November 17th from 4pm to 8pm, is set to bring the ultimate festive party to the retail and entertainment destination, offering families an evening of non-stop music and fun.

Liverpool ONE counts down to festive extravaganza
Picture by Gareth Jones

For the first time, hundreds of local schoolchildren and community groups will perform across multiple stages to help spread a little holiday cheer.

And today, Liverpool ONE revealed its plans for the evening, which promises to have something for everyone.

A team of talented aerial performers will take over Paradise Street, wowing the crowds as they demonstrate their skills 13ft above the ground.

Liverpool ONE counts down to festive extravaganza
Picture by Gareth Jones

The much-loved pop-up pantos will return to Liverpool ONE, giving visitors a sneak peek of the city’s festive performances from some of the best-known venues across the Liverpool City Region.

The event will feature 100 youth theatre performers, three community choirs, 30 Christmas elves, and appearances by Santa in three additional areas on Thomas Steers Way, Peter’s Lane, and the Galleria by the entrance to ODEON.

Picture by Gareth Jones

Liverpool ONE has been working closely with Liverpool Empire’s Creative Learning team and pupils from 20 schools across Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington, Halton, and Sefton, as part of the preparations, to create a number of performances exclusively for Liverpool ONE Christmas LIVE!

Natalie Flynn, Senior Creative Learning Manager at The Liverpool Empire Theatre, said:

“We’re so excited to be working with Liverpool ONE to help make the launch of Christmas bigger and better than ever before. 

“We’ve been incredibly impressed by the talent and enthusiasm from local young people as they work with us to create something truly memorable and magical – we cannot wait to show everyone on the night!”

Bar Hütte, which will be located on Chavasse Park beneath the giant neon Christmas tree and open to the public on November 10th, is also returning this year.

Bar Hütte at Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE, is set to be a must-visit attraction for families and groups of friends alike, with cosy karaoke huts and a party lodge, as well as delicious winter warmer cocktails, beers and wines.

Picture by Gareth Jones
Picture by Gareth Jones

Bar Hütte will also be hosting wreath-making sessions, a Santa Claus Club, ‘Movie Sundays’, a festive ‘After School Club’, and sensory classes for the very first time this year.

Visitors can also expect the return of popular Christmas reindeer light installations, neon trees on Paradise Street, festive angel wings, and plenty of twinkling Christmas lights and decorations throughout.

Donna Howitt, Place Strategy Director at Liverpool ONE, said:

“Christmas really is a major highlight in our calendar at Liverpool ONE and it’s something we have become known for over the last 15 years. 

“This year, we wanted to make it extra special and that’s why we’re thrilled to be able to involve more local talent than ever before who have been working hard to create some fantastic performances for us all to enjoy.

“Our fabulous all-singing, all-dancing elves and, of course, our pop-up pantos will be making a return, but we are also incredibly excited to be bringing hundreds of talented young people from across the region and amazing aerial performers to the line-up for 2023, who are sure to wow everyone!

“We’re now just one month away from the celebrations and we cannot wait to welcome both new and returning visitors to Liverpool ONE Christmas Live!”

For further information about Liverpool ONE Christmas Live! and all things Christmas visit the website here.


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